How essential oils can help your hair

For those of us with annoying hair problems, essential oils are a gift. These oils will help you fix your problems and actually improve hair health. No more expensive treatments at the salon, you can give yourself the spa treatment right at home, every day.

What Harms Your Hair?

How your hair feel and looks can be affected by many factors, many people do not know that your lifestyle and habits in general can affect the health of the hair. If you want to have a healthy scalp and gorgeous hair then take a look at these factors, the problem might be easier to tackle than you think:

  • Quality of sleep
  • How healthy your diet is
  • Your ability to manage stress
  • Lifestyle (exposing your hair to heat products, swimming regularly in chlorinated pools, etc.
  • Quality of the water used for washing your hair
  • Genetic traits
  • What you apply on your hair

Common Hair Problems and Essential Oils

Hair problems are wide and varied, few of us have naturally great hair that don’t give us too much trouble and look beautiful without needing much care. Hair care problems can be a nightmare if left untreated and will affect your image and self-esteem. We are sure that at some point in time you have faced these stubborn hair issues and have felt at a loss for solutions:

  • Extremely dry and brittle hair
  • Split ends and damaged ends
  • Greasy scalp hair
  • Itchy and/or flakey scalp
  • Fine and limp hair
  • Thinning hair/ hair loss

A lot of products are available on the market that claim to help with these problems, but most of them just turn out to be a waste of money and effort. Use essential oils for hair trouble and you will get better results.

How do Essential Oils Help?

Essential oils can be a great addition to your daily hair care routine. These oils are rich in nutrients, vitamins and essential minerals which will keep your hair shiny and strong. The benefits are seen within a few days of regular use. These are just some of the benefits you can expect:

  • Increased hair growth
  • Stronger hair shaft
  • Repair damaged hair
  • Improve shine
  • Soothe irritated scalp
  • Banish dandruff and flakine

Essential Oils Recommendations by Hair Type

Essential oils will help you deal with all common and uncommon hair problems. Each kind of essential oil is meant to solve a hair issue or can be used depending on what type of hair texture you have. There are not exact rules for this, but it will help you fix your problem faster if you use the proper essential oils. Different hair types have different structures and different requirements of nutrition and care. Choosing the right oil can make a real difference.

Normal Hair

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If you are one of the few people that can claim to have normal hair, consider yourself lucky because normal hair is the healthiest hair type. Normal hair are not excessively greasy or dry, they are manageable and require minimum care. Even if some problems occur, then the solution will be easy and your hair will respond to it quickly.

Essential Oils for Normal Hair
We recommend the following essential oils if you have normal hair, they will keep your hair looking awesome, shiny and even healthier:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Parsley
  • Geranium
  • Carrot
  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus

Keep your locks healthy by using essential oils, gentle shampoos and stay away from harsh chemical treatments.

Greasy Hair

People who have overactive oil glands will have greasy hair. This type of hair looks lanky and will often get visibly oily after a couple of hours have passed since shampooing. This gets you stuck in a vicious circle, because the greasiness is made worse by harsh shampoos; the more you wash it, the more you need to wash it. Break this cycle and get perfect hair by using the recommended essential oils in your regular hair care routine.

Essential Oils for Greasy Hair

  • Rosemary
  • Birch
  • Pimento Berry
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus lemon
  • Yarrow
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Birch

Dull and Dry Hair

If your hair is dry and lifeless, this means the oil glands on your scalp are not working efficiently. The natural protection of these oils stops hair from getting too dry. Without proper care and maintenance, dry hair will become tangled, broken, damaged and develop split ends. Regular exposure to chlorinated pools will wreak havoc on dry hair; color treatments and bleaching is also a bad idea. Overexposure to sun and chlorinated water will make your scalp greasy and your hair ends brittle.

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Essential Oils for Dry Hair
To fix all these problems and maintain a healthy head of hair, these essential oils are recommended:

  • Carrot
  • Yarrow
  • Sandalwood
  • Parsley
  • Birch
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender

Fragile Hair

Essential Oils for Fragile Hair

  • Calendula
  • Carrot
  • Clary-sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Birch
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Parsley
  • Chamomile

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Dandruff and Scalp Issues

Those annoying white flakes keep coming back? Shampoo manufacturer’s claims often fall flat, repeated use of these products does not get rid of dandruff; neither does it nourish your hair. Clearing up dandruff for good requires a more natural approach; these essential oils will make your scalp less flakey and will clear up the root of the problem.

Essential Oils Treatments and Scalp Health

  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Lime
  • Birch
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Carrot
  • Cypress
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Pimento berry

Base Oils for Essential Oil Treatments

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You cannot apply essential oils directly to the scalp because these are quite volatile and powerful. In order to use them you will need a base/carrier oil that will be the primary ingredient in your treatment and the essential oils will be used in limited quantities (usually 1% and not more than 3% of the total blend).

Depending on your hair texture you can use different oils as a carrier oil.

Best Carrier Oils for Coarse and Thick Hair
You will need to use nourishing and rich oils such as almond, rosehip, sesame, avocado, olive, or evening primrose. They have a powerful hydrating effect on the hair and scalp.

Best Carrier Oils for Fine and Thin Hair
In order to add volume, use oils such as, olive, jojoba, coconut, grape-seed, sunflower, and evening primrose.

The Perfect DIY Essential Oil Shampoo

Move onto nature-infused body and bath products and you will realize how much better your hair and skin feels. You are not doing your body any favors by continuously exposing it to harsh chemical-laden products. This recipe is the perfect base for a homemade essential oils shampoo. You can switch the essential oil according to your hair type. You can add any of the oils mentioned in this article.

Things you will need:

  • Liquid Castile soap—half a cup
  • Canned coconut milk—quarter cup
  • Honey—quarter cup
  • Fractionated coconut oil—2 tablespoon
  • Vitamin e oil—1 tablespoon
  • Essential Oils—40 to 50 drops (The specific oil blends given below)

Method:
Combine all the ingredients in a contained that has a lid; use a squeeze bottle for best results. Cover and shake to mix the ingredients. Use it like a normal store-bought shampoo.

Oil Blends and Combinations

The specific keywords depend on the type of hair and the problem you are trying to address. You can use one type of oil if you prefer but a blend is recommended, it gives you multiple benefits, plus smells heavenly.

For a perfect aroma try:

  • Wild orange essential oil (30 drops) with Lavender essential oil (20 drops)
  • Peppermint essential oil (30 drops) with Lavender essential oil (20 drops)
  • Lemongrass essential oil (25 drops), Lavender essential oil (15 drops) and Lemon essential oil (10 drops)

To strengthen weak hair:
Clary sage (20 drops), Wild orange essential oil (30 drops) and Lavender essential oil (15 drops)

To get rid of dandruff:
Lavender Essential Oil (10 drops), Lemon Essential Oil (10 drops), Tea Tree Essential Oil (10 drops), and Rosemary Essential Oil (10 drops)

To stop hair loss:
Rosemary Essential Oil (10 drops), Peppermint Essential Oil (10 drops), Cedarwood Essential Oil (10 drops), and Lavender Essential Oil (10 drops)

To speed up hair growth
Oils such as, Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang and Peppermint will help hair grow faster and will strengthen roots.

Get rid of oily residue and greasiness:
If your hair tends to be very oily and requires frequent washing, then try using, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Basil or Lemon essential oil.

Banish dryness and dullness:
Under-nourished hair will require more moisture to stay healthy, thy any of these hydrating essential oils in your favorite blend—Myrrh or Peppermint.

To get rid of a dry and itchy scalp:
The best way to get rid of an irritated scalp and dandruff is to target it with these oils—Clary sage, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemon, Myrrh, Rose, Sandalwood, Tea Tree or Bay.

To stop hair loss:
If your hair is falling out in bunches, then don’t despair, try, any of these oils and see the effect for yourself: Jojoba, Thyme, Cedar wood, or Burdock.

For extra conditioning boost and shine therapy:
Chamomile and Lavender are perfect for adding lots of shine. These oils are gentle and effective.

Protein Gel for Fragile/Falling Hair

This is a great gel that will nourish hair that tends to break, or is generally weak. This recipe is quick to make, think of it as a face-pack for your hair.

Things you will need:

  • Mineral water—1 cup
  • Plain gelatin—half an ounce
  • Apple cider vinegar—1 teaspoon
  • Carrot essential oil—3 drops
  • Clary-sage oil—3 drops

Preparation Method:

Combine the water and gelatin, mix until you have a smooth consistency. Set it aside until it forms a gel, but don’t let it set. At this point add in the vinegar and oils, this will prevent it from hardening. Mix gently and apply to hair and scalp. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse off, making sure you rinse thoroughly.

Conditioning Rinse to Strengthen Hair

Rinses are a convenient way to ensure that your hair gets the goodness of essential oils without too much hassle. You can mix these rinses with a little warm water, apply them to your hair after shampooing and rinse off with water.

Rinse 1:
– Apple cider vinegar—1 ounce
– Spring water—4 ounces
– Rosemary essential oil—3 drops
– Lavender essential oil—3 drops

Rinse 2:
– Apple cider vinegar—1 ounce
– Spring water—4 ounces
– Lemon essential oil—10 drops

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Hydrating and Balancing DIY Conditioner

A DIY recipe that will restore the natural pH level of your hair, rehydrate it and give to luscious, soft and silky hair.

Things you will need:

  • Water—1 cup
  • Apple cider vinegar—2 tablespoon
  • Essential oil(Choose your favorite)—10 drops

Method:
Pour everything into an 8 oz. spray bottle, shake and mix well. Spray onto hair after shampooing, leave for 5 minutes and rinse normally.

Essential oils can help a lot but remember your overall body health also affects how your hair look. Follow a healthy lifestyle and your skin and hair will improve noticeably. Get regular exercise and eat healthy food, limit foods that are high in salt and sugar.

Be sure to try out these recipes and tell us how they worked, if you have any recipes of your own that you swear by, send them in, we love user contributions.

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